Oct 09, 2020

TORONTO, October 9, 2020Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education is a powerful 90-minute special created by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) produced in collaboration with Insight Productions and supported by Canadian Heritage.  The special, airing on APTN and CBC, honours Residential School Survivors and their families through storytelling and performance by Youth, Leaders, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders from a diverse group of Indigenous Nations, communities, and cultures.  Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education airs on Sunday, October 11th at 1 pm (1:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.  The APTN airdate will be announced soon.

More than 500,000 students and teachers from coast to coast to coast have already had the opportunity to screen Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education in their classrooms as part of Orange Shirt Day activities on September 30.  The special is an opportunity for all Canadians to honour residential school survivors and recommit to the journey of Truth and Reconciliation.  The CBC airing this weekend enables families to watch the special together over the long weekend.

“We have put together an impactful and meaningful program featuring residential school Survivors, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, artists and leaders from nations and cultures across the country,” said Ry Moran, Director of the NCTR. “First Nations, Inuit and Métis storytelling comes together in a program that engages young people in a conversation about our country’s history and the path of Truth and Reconciliation that lays ahead – and while designed with school-aged audiences in mind, all Canadians will benefit from the wisdom, insight, and strength shared in this program.” 

Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education is created by The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and produced by NCTR in collaboration with Insight Productions and in association with APTN and CBC.  The Executive Producers are Ry Moran and Stephanie Scott for NCTR; and John Brunton and Lindsay Cox for Insight Productions.  The special is written by Ry Moran, Stephanie Scott, and Lindsay Cox.


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About the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy. Not just for a few years, but forever.
The NCTR is the permanent home for all Survivor statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and beyond.

About APTN
APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, it’s the only one of its kind in North America. The network is sharing our stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages to nearly 11 million Canadian subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audiences through genuine, inspiring and engaging entertainment on multiple platforms.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. 

About Insight
Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Insight Senior Vice President Lindsay Cox serves as Executive Producer along with Insight’s Chairman, CEO and Executive Producer, John Brunton, on EVERY CHILD MATTERS.  Insight recently produced STRONGER TOGETHER/TOUS ENSEMBLE to support our Country during the COVID-19 crisis and it was the 2nd highest rated program ever broadcast on Canadian television as well as raising over $10 million for Food Banks Canada.  Insight has a long history responding to world crises and collaborating on projects that help support relief efforts with such shows as MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS, THE CONCERT FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF and YOUNG ARTISTS FOR HAITI.  With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and iconic Canadian programs including - THE JUNO AWARDS Canada’s national music award show, CANADA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE: COUNTDOWN which was the highest rated show on the CBC in both 2018 and 2019, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian series on record, ratings hit – BIG BROTHER CANADA, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION and original formats BATTLE OF THE BLADES, I DO, REDO & WALL OF CHEFS.  Insight’s scripted programming includes award-winning READY OR NOT, FALCON BEACH, HATCHING, MATCHING & DISPATCHING, A CHRISTMAS FURY, BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO! and THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW along with internationally acclaimed award-winning feature documentaries HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD and GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND.  In 2017, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of ground-breaking content.

Media Contacts:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout

Emili Bellefleur
Manager of Communications, APTN
(438) 349-2456

Teaghan Hawke

Insight Productions
Gabrielle Free